Umahi Dumps PDP, Accuses Party Of Marginalizing Igbos

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Umahi Dumps PDP, Accuses Party Of Marginalizing Igbos

Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has officially defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The governor who announced his defection while briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital on Tuesday accused the PDP of marginalizing the South East in its quest for ‘Igbo presidency’.

He said he wants to be a martyr who will be sacrificed to achieve the much-sought Igbo presidency.

The governor said he will not regret the decision no matter its outcome.

“I have to lead the protest against the marginalisation of the Igbos by the PDP and I don’t have to consult anybody to lead such a protest,” he said.

“I don’t want the PDP to collapse in the South-East but it can collapse itself in the zone if it does not heed the peoples’ advice to entrench justice, fairness, and equity.

“The PDP should be bold to declare its stand on zoning of the presidency to the South-East and if it cannot, should tell us why we are not capable of holding such a position but will come for our votes during elections,” he said.

Umahi said that the decision to leave PDP was not about leadership but about patriotism, justice, fairness and the overall interest of the people

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“I am not vying for any position in the APC so anybody who does not like me over the defection will be fighting the air.

“I will instead play the fatherly role of guiding anyone who wants to vie for any position because it is a waste of time for any governor to seek to replace himself.

Umahi said that he will not be disturbed if the APC fails to zone the presidency to the South-East but will depend on God to determine the matter.

“The APC, however, appears to be amenable towards working with the South-East even though the South-East never supported it the way it supported the PDP since 1999.

“We would be 24 years with the PDP by 2023 and Ebonyi, under my administration, will testify the numerous feats we have attained with the support of my friend and father, President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

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